‘No need for Congress to take lessons on land reforms’
Most of the recommendations accepted: CM
Government keen on finding permanent solution to land problems
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Monday hit out at the Opposition parties, saying that the Congress, which was committed to land reforms, need not take lessons from other parties.
Inaugurating a two-day workshop on “Implementation of recommendations of Koneru Ranga Rao Committee” here, he said 74 of the 104 recommendations were already accepted.
A decision on the others would be taken in the next three-four days.
Dr. Reddy alleged that some parties were trying to claim that it was because of their struggles that the Government was extending the benefits to the poor.
A leader had promised to provide house sites to the poor after coming to power, while failing to do so during the party’s nine-year rule.
The Chief Minister declared the Government’s aim to ensure that no poor family was without a house.
He told the Joint Collectors and Revenue officials present that any delay in land acquisition for the Indiramma housing scheme would not be tolerated.
In a bid to expedite the acquisition process, he said the Collectors were being vested with powers to double the compensation amount under consent award in towns.
Dr. Reddy said the housing scheme was the Government’s most prestigious programme.
There was a delay in the case of 1.5 lakh beneficiaries due to litigation.
He told officials to begin the land acquisition for the scheme’s third phase in towns.
The Chief Minister observed that the agricultural Land Ceiling Act was diluted and violated over the years.
Obstacles were being created by moving courts when the Government tried to rectify the situation.
The Government was keen to find a permanent solution to land problems.
It would not hesitate to earmark Rs.800 crore required for ensuring a comprehensive land registration system.
Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao said the demand of some parties for appointing an independent land commission was not acceptable to the Government.
Chief Commissioner of Land Administration A. Raghotham Rao asked officials to prepare an action plan for time-bound implementation of the 74 recommendations of the Ranga Rao Committee.